A wealth of local history to be preserved online

Back L - R: Mrs Clare Hunt (Principle Teacher), Campbell Morris, Bill Fiet - front L - R: Kirsty Penman, Abbie Lyall, Rachel Carr

Back L - R: Mrs Clare Hunt (Principle Teacher), Campbell Morris, Bill Fiet - front L - R: Kirsty Penman, Abbie Lyall, Rachel Carr

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PUPILS at Glenwood High School are putting the finishing touches to an online history project and have scooped a £500 prize in the process.

The youngsters have been working alongside local Leslie historians Campbell Morris and Bill Fiet and Councillor Fiona Grant to create a ‘virtual museum’ with the aim of preserving the town’s past for future generations.

Computing Science pupils at the school were given the task of designing various themed web pages for the project which included Leslie House, sports in Leslie and music and bands from the town.

Clare Hunt, the teacher in charge of the project said there had been a great deal of care and effort put in by the youngsters.

“The pages that they produced were their pitch to win a desirable web design contract for the Leslie local community group”, explained Clare.

Having examined all entries judges chose the design of pupils Kirsty Penman, Rachel Carr and Abigail Lyall who will now go on to complete the project and have been awarded £500 worth of electrical goods.

“The judges were so impressed by another teams’ work that they have decided to offer a runners up prize”, added Clare.

Councillor Fiona Grant was delighted with the results and claimed that pupils’ creations “were well above her expectations”.

As part of their research pupils were also given access to Fife Council’s Archive Centre in Markinch.

“The children have worked very hard and have been very enthusiastic”, said historian Campbell Morris.

“There is a wealth of historical information relating to the town and it’s reassuring to know that this work will help preserve that for many years.”

The winning pages can be accessed via leslievirtualmuseum.org.uk.